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Litoria cyclorhyncha

Spotted-thighed Frog

Conservation Status

EPBC:

Unlisted

IUCN:

Least Concern

Calling Period

Possible
Yes
Peak
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Description

A large species of frog reaching up to 11 cm in body length. It has a beige or pale brown back with large distinct green patches. The belly is brown with dark marbling. The pupil is horizontal and the iris is gold. The armpits, groin, and thighs are black with pale yellow spots. Fingers are unwebbed and toes are nearly fully webbed, both with small discs.

Breeding Biology

Eggs have not been described, but are likely to be similar to those of Litoria moorei. Eggs are laid under the surface of the water in permanent swamps, ponds, dams, and sometimes abandoned quarries. Tadpoles can reach a total length of 8 cm, and are clear gold-yellow in colour. They often feed at the surface of water bodies, and take at least two and a half months to develop into frogs. Breeds during spring and summer.

Similar Species

Looks very similar to Litoria moorei in its distribution, but has pale yellow spots on the armpits, groin, and thighs.

Images

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Stephen Mahony

Photo: Grant Webster

Photo: Grant Webster

Calls

By: Dale Roberts

By: Dave Stewart

Distribution

Found along the coast of southwest WA, from just east of Albany to Israelite Bay.

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